Bnei Akiva Melbourne has a strict no bullying policy on all of our camps. This includes verbal and non-
verbal forms of bullying. If any issues are to arise on camp we prefer to deal with those issues at the
time of occurrence so that it doesn’t happen again. Our madrichim are highly skilled at dispelling conflict
and solving problems between chanichim and any bullying problems will have not only their attention,
the Rosh Machane and Shaliach will be made aware as to the situation and will take action accordingly.
Should we determine it necessary, we will not hesitate to ask chanichim to leave camp and we ask that
parents be available for contact if this should occur.
We encourage parents to not allow their child/children to bring their phones on camp. If they do, they
must not bring their phones into any tochniot, activities or meal times. They can use their phones,
strictly during their free time. If a chanich use their phones during any of the specified times, we will ask
them once to put it away. Should they continue to use their phone at an inappropriate time, their
madrichchim are encouraged to take the phone away for the remainder of the day.
The reason we will be implementing a no mobile phone policy is for two reasons. The first being that the
madrichim have worked for months to give the chanichim an amazing camp filled of fantastic tochniot
and activities. It is disrespectful to their madrichim and the work they have put into camp to use a
phone during a tochnit or activity. The second is that in the past we have had issues where children use
their phones for inappropriate reasons as well as a source of bullying, neither of which we tolerate on
camp. If this is the case and chanichim are caught using their phones inappropriately, their phone will be
taken away for a longer period of time that we will deem necessary as to the situation. We highly
recommend that you speak to your child/children about this and encourage them to not take their
Girls are expected to wear skirts to their knees and are not allowed to wear singlets or sleeveless tops.
They are allowed to wear baggy pants at any point except during davening when they have to put a skirt
on top, that is not negotiable. Boys are expected to wear a kippah (or some sort of head covering), tzizit
at appropriate times and are also not allowed to wear singlet/tank tops or short shorts.
Boys and girls will be sleeping separately and therefore no boys are allowed in girls rooms and no girls
are allowed in boys rooms. This is something that we take seriously on camp and will be enforcing. If we
find any girls in boys rooms or boys in girls rooms they will be asked to leave immediately and a
punishment will be given to them as a consequence. If we find a child continuously doing this we will not
hesitate to send a child home is we see it necessary.
Our new campsite Lady Northcote has many fantastic facilities including a miduem sized pool. The only times this pool may be used by chanichim will be in the presence of a madrich or madricha with the relevant certifications. It will also be ensured that if we choose to use the pool at all, boys and girls will use it at separate times. The pool will be locked at all times unless a madrich or madricha is present. This is for the safety of your children, as we can only guarantee their safe use of the pool when supervised by the relevant madrich/madricha. It is also the policy of the new campsite that the pool cannot be used without the presence of someone possessing the necessary qualificationsIf a chanich or chanicha are caught in the pool without permission, there will be consequences.
In general, I would like to touch on a few more policies that we have implemented on camp. All teffila
sessions are compulsory for everyone on the campsite. No one is allowed to smoke on camp, bring
alcohol or drugs onto the campsite. Furthermore, no sharp objects such as syringes or flammable objects are to
be brought on camp as well. If anyone is caught with any of these possessions, they will be sent home
immediately. Participation throughout all tochniot and activities that are compulsory is important and
chanichim are expected to attend everything, unless they are unwell in which case they should speak to their madrichim